Soybean Weekly Update

ISA HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE TO FAIRGOERS

During the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-18, the ISA checkoff program will connect with visitors to spotlight the importance of Illinois agriculture. While enjoying ribeyes, pork chops on a stick, pit potatoes and more at the Commodities Pavilion, attendees will see ISA table toppers explaining the link between Illinois crop and livestock producers. At the Farmers Little Helper exhibit, families will learn about work done on Illinois farms. ISA is partnering with the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Pork Producers Association at the fair.

ISA TO WELCOME GLOBAL SOYBEAN BUYERS

Thanks in part to ISA checkoff program support, the 2019 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange will be held in Chicago, Aug. 20-22. Nearly 300 soybean buyers from around the world will meet to explore new opportunities to buy U.S. soy. The event will include a day of industry and farm tours in the Chicagoland area, as well as more extended tours before and after the conference.

DON’T WAIT FOR BIODIESEL INCENTIVES TO DISAPPEAR
Biodiesel is a critical market for Illinois, driving local growth and soybean use. Are you ready to act when this market is challenged? If not, register today on Voice for Soy, a one-stop shop to track key issues, share information with fellow producers and mobilize quickly when necessary.

ASA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION LEGACY AWARDS

Illinois soybean farmers are encouraged to apply for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Conservation Legacy Award. The award recognizes farm management practices that are both environmentally friendly and profitable. Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability. The selection process is divided into four regions – Midwest, Upper Midwest, Northeast and South. One farmer from each region will be recognized at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, and one will be named the National Conservation Legacy Award recipient. The award is sponsored by ASA, BASF, Bayer, United Soybean Board and Valent U.S.A. More information is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 13.

ILLINOIS STUDENTS SHARPEN AG POLICY KNOWLEDGE ON THE HILL

A select group of 10 college students from across the country completed the Ag Voices of the Future program, July 22-25, in Washington, D.C., including Sarah Dintelmann, Maria Brockamp and Claire Eggerman from Illinois. The program is sponsored by Valent U.S.A. and ASA and gives students an inside look at how agricultural policies are made. Students visited with USDA and EPA staff, participated in Hill visits with ISA officials and met with a Senate Ag Committee senior staffer and other national leaders. They also completed a writing workshop with a top speech writing firm. ASA will announce the 2020 program application process next winter.

JOIN ISA FOR LUNCH AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW AUG. 28

Planning to attend the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur? Join ISA for a membership lunch, Aug. 28, sponsored by FMC. Lunch will be located in FMC’s booth in the southwest quadrant, #441. Stop by the ISA booth, #809, to pick up your free lunch ticket, available to Illinois Soybean Grower (ISG) members. Not an ISG member? Sign up at www.ilsoygrowers.com to join. ISA board members and staff will be on hand all week to answer questions about our programs and hand out free ice-cold water bottles, courtesy of Valent U.S.A., at the ISA booth.

RECOGNIZE CHEMICAL DAMAGE ON SOYBEANS

After the last round of post-applied soybean herbicides, chemical damage is on the rise. Learn what the causes are and how to recognize which herbicide is causing the damage. Read Soy Envoy Samantha Schmidgall’s article, and get the latest local, in-season actionable advice here.

TAKE ACTION INSECTICIDE CLASSIFICATION CHART NOW AVAILABLE

Maintain greater insecticide diversity and delay the development of insecticide resistance with the newly released Insecticide Classification Chart from the United Soybean Board’s Take Action program. Take Action also has resources available for herbicide and fungicide resistance.

ATTEND ILLINOIS WHEAT FORUM AUG. 21 IN OKAWVILLE

Illinois wheat producers are invited to attend the Illinois Wheat Association’s annual Illinois Wheat Forum, Aug. 21, at the Okawville Community Center in Okawville, Illinois. Attendees may learn about wheat agronomy, crop diseases, insect management, markets and weather. Participants also will have the chance to visit several exhibits featuring seed companies, millers, elevators, crop protection services and more. Registration is on-site and begins at 8 a.m., with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. The forum will conclude at 3 p.m. and includes lunch. Registration for Illinois Wheat Association members is $20. The general public may attend for $40 per person. For more information, visit illinoiswheat.org or call Mike Doherty at 309-557-3268.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SCHEDULES AGRONOMY DAY FOR AUG. 22

University of Illinois researchers and Extension specialists from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) will share the latest discoveries and best agronomic practices during Agronomy Day, Aug. 22. This year, Agronomy Day will include seven tours, with presentations covering corn and soybean issues, sustainability topics, specialty crops and considerations for dairy operations at the facility located at 4202 South First Street in Savoy. Attendees can earn Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits for completing tours. The exhibitors’ hall will feature sponsors, commercial vendors, ACES programs and student clubs. Food trucks will be on hand for lunch, and the lunch speaker will be Illinois Ag Director John Sullivan. Directions and additional information appear on the Agronomy Day website. Contact Linda Harvey at 217-244-1693 or lharvey@illinois.edu with questions.

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER TEAM SEEKS INPUT

Illinois soybean producers and other stakeholders are invited to attend Upper Mississippi River meetings seeking input regarding reducing the risks of flooding, maintaining the navigation channel, managing river sediment, and preparing for a future long-term drought. The goal is to bring together local leaders to address these important issues and incorporate input into a future resilience plan. The meetings are hosted by the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the five states on the Upper Mississippi River, including Illinois. Meetings will be held Aug. 24 in Godfrey, Illinois, at the Lewis and Clark Community College; and Sept. 7 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and events conclude by 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. If you cannot attend but would like to share your thoughts, click here.

ISA SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 2019-20 YOUNG LEADER PROGRAM

ISA is looking for Illinois applicants for the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience 2019-20 Young Leader Program. The two-phase educational program is for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. Phase I of the program takes place in Indianapolis, Dec. 3-6. The program continues Feb. 25–29, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. Participants must attend both events. The agenda focuses on leadership and communication, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. For more information or to apply online before the end of September, click here.

BE INFORMED. STAY CONNECTED.

Did you know anyone can be an ISA informational member? It’s a free way to stay connected to all things associated with growing Illinois soybeans - from production practices to advocacy efforts. For more information, contact Andrew Larson.

JOIN ISG’S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Illinois soybean farmers are invited to join the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee (ISGPAC).  ISGPAC provides farmers with strong involvement in political races and a way to talk with legislators about key issues. ISGPAC helps nurture those relationships and keeps key contacts in office where they work for the industry's best interests. Visit ISGPAC.

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